I was unable to attend Yundi’s London recital, being torn between the BBC Proms launch and being late for dinner with my daughter.
It was good to hear that Yundi recovered from his hurt finger. The first review, by Michael Church in the small-circulation Independent newspaper, notes that the audience was ‘predominantly Chinese’ . This is a new phenomenon for classical recitals in London, and certainly not the case at the Royal Festival Hall when Lang Lang plays. Lang Lang’s audience is diverse, and fairly young.
Church reports that Yundi’s Beethoven was impressive and that his response to the applause lacked a ‘Lang Lang-style vulgarity’. It seems that neither of these master pianists can go anywhere without being compared to each other. Read the review here.